Business development

Weak manufacturing performance raises concerns

Concerns over the UK's economic recovery have been fuelled by poor performance in the manufacturing sector.

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Government pledges to double contracts with SMEs

The Government plans to double its spending on public sector contracts awarded to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), from £3 billion to £6 billion, it has announced.

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Business groups push for new SME voice in Government

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has argued for the formation of a new separate Government body to represent the UK's 4.5 million small businesses.

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A third of UK businesses struggle with social media management

UK businesses are struggling with 'chaotic' and 'unmanaged' social media, according to research from information management firm Iron Mountain.

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SMEs urged to embrace overseas trading

Small businesses in the UK should take advantage of trade opportunities in the EU and on a global level to boost company growth and the UK economy, says business and enterprise minister Mark Prisk.

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'Vital' family owned SMEs urged to seek business support

Greater business management and support is vital for family owned small and medium enterprises (SMEs), a sector that is crucial to the recovering UK economy, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said.

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Additional £1 billion for business growth fund

The Government will pump an extra £1 billion into its Regional Growth Fund which aims to support businesses by boosting employment and economic growth, it has announced.

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UK economy holding back SMEs

The UK economy is preventing six out of ten small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from achieving their growth potential, new research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has indicated.

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Small businesses embrace the internet age

The number of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) using the internet and social networking sites has risen sharply over the past year, a recent business survey by PeoplePerHour has shown.

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Concerns behind January retail boost

UK retailers are increasing cash reserves rather than investing in business expansion and job creation as a result of economic uncertainty, an independent study by Oxford Economics for the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has found.

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